Glenn Frey
American musician
Glenn Frey
Glenn Lewis Frey is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. Frey formed the Eagles after he met drummer Don Henley in 1970 and the two eventually joined Linda Ronstadt's backup band for her summer tour. The Eagles formed in 1971 and released their debut album in 1972. Glenn Frey played guitar with the Eagles as well as piano and keyboards, and shared lead vocals with Don Henley.
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The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac to top new Classic West, East festivals in July
LATimes - 23 days
The Eagles will return for the first time since the death last year of founding member Glenn Frey for what is being widely reported as a new bicoastal music festival. The event will also feature Fleetwood Mac and is billed as Classic West and Classic East for the respective West and East Coast...
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Watch Keith Urban's Incredible Tribute To The Artists We Lost In 2016
Huffington Post - 3 months
Watch @KeithUrban’s New Year’s Eve tribute to the many great musicians we lost in 2016 — CNN (@CNN) January 1, 2017 The world of music lost some of its greatest voices in 2016.  In the final moments of the year, country music star Keith Urban paid tribute to some of those legendary entertainers with a medley of songs from Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Merle Haggard and Prince.  He was joined onstage by his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, during the event, which was broadcast on CNN. Check out his emotional tribute above.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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The Eagles' '<em>Hotel California</em>' at 40, '<em>Buffalo Springfield</em>' at 50
Huffington Post - 3 months
Quick, what is the state anthem of California? If you answer 'California, Here I Come,' you are, like me, wrong. If your answer is 'I Love You, California,' you are an unusually well-informed career state employee. And if, like billions of people around the world, you answer 'Hotel California,' well, you are technically wrong but, oh so right. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Hotel California,' both the song and the album it graces which is one of the most telling, and best-selling, albums of all time. The power and mystery of 'Hotel California' has tantalized and inspired, provoked and mystified ever since its exotic and evocative guitar figures and enigmatic lyrics were first heard 40 years ago. "It makes me want to go there and it makes me want to get away," said one tourist standing near a California street corner as a singer with a guitar gave the song a go. "Look at me," she said. "Here I am." December also marks the 50th anniversary of 'Buffal ...
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Neil Young: A Timely, and Timeless, Appeal
Huffington Post - 5 months
"The end of this war? The end of this war is when we solve the energy problem. This war is going on for a long, long time. This war will not go away until we figure out what we're doing here on the planet. This is a bad war." Neil Young 'The Charlie Rose Show' July 17, 2008 Even as his quirky yet essential place in the rock music pantheon was affirmed this month by his thunderously successful appearances at Desert Trip -- the massive, ultra-expensive mega-festival outside Palm Springs, California for classic rock aficionados, which also featured the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Who, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, and Bob Dylan -- recent events had also affirmed Young's sociopolitical relevance. Earlier in the year, Young, a staunch backer of Bernie Sanders, feuded ferociously with Donald Trump over the climate change denier and racism inciter's insistence on using Young's corrosively anti-corporate 'Rockin' in the free world' as his incongruous campaign song. Aft ...
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Sting Talks 57th & 9th at AOL's <em>BUILDseriesNYC</em>
Huffington Post - 5 months
Grammy-award winning artist Sting stopped by AOL's Build Series on 10/21/16 to discuss and promote his upcoming 12th studio album titled 57th &amp; 9th. Sting has earned numerous accolades over his distinguished music career. He's won 25 American Music Awards, 16 Grammy Awards, a Kennedy Center honor, an MTV VMA, a Primetime Emmy Award, as well as being appointed to the British CBE, and getting inducted into the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. His albums have stood the test of time, having being heard on the radio for many decades. With 57th &amp; 9th, he returns to his rock roots that many have come to enjoy. It's been about 13 years since his last rock album. He was inspired to get back to rock because he wanted to surprise his fans. He told the audience that: "The most important aspect of music to me is surprise. When I listen to music, I want to be surprised. When I compose music, I want to lay a surprise in the arrangement and when I decide what music I'm going to present t ...
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The best pop music of 2016 (so far)
LATimes - 9 months
So much about the first few months of pop in 2016 has been about mourning. David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Paul Kantner, George Martin, Prince, Scotty Moore, Maurice White, Bernie Worrell and the just-starting-out Christina Grimmie are among those who have left us. But while the music community...
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Don Felder Says He Wasnt Invited To Join Grammys Tribute To Glenn Frey
Huffington Post - about 1 year
• Jackson Browne, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh and Don Henley of the Eagles performed "Take It Easy" at the Grammys Monday night. • Felder was fired from the band in 2001. Talk about a snub.  Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder was left out of last night's Grammys tribute to the late Glenn Frey, and he is not gonna "take it easy."  Felder, who was fired from The Eagles in 2001, tweeted his disappointment on Tuesday morning about not being included.  I would have been honored to have joined The Eagles last night for the Glenn Frey Tribute at the Grammys but sadly I was not invited. — Don Felder (@donfelder) February 16, 2016 Too badI couldn't have joined The Eagles last night for the Glenn Frey Tribute at the Grammys but I was not invited — Don Felder (@donfelder) February 16, 2016 Jackson Browne and Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh and Don Henley of the Eagles performed "Take It Easy" at the a ...
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Review: Americana acts salute Glenn Frey, Eagles, at Troubadour
LATimes - about 1 year
Beyond the many individual inspired renditions of Eagles songs delivered Saturday at the Americana Music Assn.’s tribute to Glenn Frey, perhaps the biggest service the assemblage served up was the opportunity to hear those songs with fresh ears. Divorced this evening from the original recordings...
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Review: Americana acts salute Glenn Frey, Eagles, at Troubadour
LATimes - about 1 year
Beyond the many individual inspired renditions of Eagles songs delivered Saturday at the Americana Music Assn.’s tribute to Glenn Frey, perhaps the biggest service the assemblage served up was the opportunity to hear those songs with fresh ears. Divorced this evening from the original recordings...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Glenn Frey
  • 2016
    Age 67
    A life-sized statue of Glenn Frey was unveiled at the Standin' on the Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona on September 24, 2016 to honor his songwriting contributions of "Take It Easy," made famous by The Eagles as their first single in 1972. url=
    More Details Hide Details Takamine Guitars manufactures a Glenn Frey signature acoustic-electric guitar, the EF360GF. It is designed to replicate the Takamine Frey used for his live and studio applications. In the 1970s, Frey used Martin acoustic guitars in both six- and 12-string versions. Frey played assorted electric guitars over the years, namely Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, Gibson ES-335, Epiphone Casino and Rickenbacker 230, but the electric guitar that is most associated with him was his black Gibson Les Paul Junior, nicknamed Old Black.
  • 2015
    Age 66
    In November 2015, the Eagles announced that they were postponing their appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors as Frey required major surgery for intestinal problems and a lengthy recovery period.
    More Details Hide Details Following surgery he was placed in a medically-induced coma at Columbia University Medical Center.
  • 2012
    Age 63
    In 2012 on The Tavis Smiley Show, Frey told Smiley, "When the Eagles broke up, people used to ask me and Don, 'When are the Eagles getting back together?' We used to answer, 'When Hell freezes over.'
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  • 1994
    Age 45
    At their first live concert of 1994, Frey told the crowd, "For the record, we never broke up.
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  • 1990
    Age 41
    He married dancer and choreographer Cindy Millican in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details They had three children: a daughter and two sons, and remained together until his death. Since about 2000, Frey had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, which affected various joints of his body. The medication that he took to control the disease led to colitis and pneumonia.
  • 1986
    Age 37
    Frey's first foray into film was his starring role in Let's Get Harry, a 1986 film about a group of plumbers who travel to Colombia to rescue a friend from a drug lord.
    More Details Hide Details Frey's next film appearance was a smaller role in Cameron Crowe's third film, Jerry Maguire (1996). Frey played the frugal general manager of the Arizona Cardinals football team who, in the film's climax, finally agrees to pay Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character, wide receiver Rod Tidwell, a large professional contract.
  • 1984
    Age 35
    In 1984, he recorded in collaboration with Harold Faltermeyer the worldwide hit, "The Heat Is On", the main theme from the Eddie Murphy action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop; then, Frey performed "You Belong to the City" (from the television series Miami Vice, the soundtrack of which stayed on top of the U.S. album charts for 11 weeks in 1985).
    More Details Hide Details His other contribution to the soundtrack, "Smuggler's Blues", hit No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. During his solo career, Frey had 12 charting songs in the U.S. Top 100. Eleven of those were written with Jack Tempchin who also wrote "Peaceful Easy Feeling". Frey was the first choice to record "Shakedown", the theme for the film Beverly Hills Cop II. Frey did not like the lyrics and then came down with laryngitis, so the song was given to Bob Seger. After the song went to number one, Frey called to congratulate Seger, saying "At least we kept the money in Michigan!" Frey also contributed the song "Flip City" to the Ghostbusters II soundtrack, and "Part of Me, Part of You" to the soundtrack for Thelma & Louise. In 2005, he appeared on B.B. King & Friends: 80 on the track "Drivin' Wheel".
  • 1983
    Age 34
    Frey was married twice. From 1983 to 1988, he was married to artist Janie Beggs.
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  • 1982
    Age 33
    He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud, in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong to the City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'" and "Livin' Right".
    More Details Hide Details As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. Consolidating his solo recordings and those with the Eagles, Frey had 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in Royal Oak, Michigan, he studied piano at age five, later switched to guitar, and became part of the mid-1960s Detroit rock scene. One of his earliest bands was called the Subterraneans, named after Jack Kerouac's novel, and included fellow Dondero High School classmates Doug Edwards (later replaced by Lenny Mintz) on drums, Doug Gunsch and Bill Barnes on guitar and Jeff Hodge on bass.
  • 1980
    Age 31
    The Eagles broke up around 1980 and reunited in 1994, when they released a new album titled Hell Freezes Over.
    More Details Hide Details The album had live tracks and four new songs. The Hell Freezes Over Tour followed.
    After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career.
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  • 1970
    Age 21
    Frey met drummer Don Henley in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details They were signed to the same label, Amos Records, at that time and both spent time at the Troubadour. When Linda Ronstadt needed a backup band for an upcoming tour, her manager John Boylan hired Frey because he needed someone who could play rhythm guitar and sing. Don Henley was approached by Frey to join Ronstadt. Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon were also hired, although as the backing band personnel changed through the tour, the four had only played once together at a gig at Disneyland. Frey and Henley decided to form a band together while on the tour, and they were joined by Meisner on bass and Leadon on guitar, banjo, steel guitar, mandolin and dobro, forming the Eagles, with Frey playing guitar and keyboards and Henley playing drums. The band went on to become one of the world's best-selling groups of all time. Frey wrote or co-wrote (often with Henley) many of the group's songs, and sang the lead vocals on a number of Eagles hits including "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Already Gone", "Tequila Sunrise", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", "Heartache Tonight" and "How Long".
  • 1969
    Age 20
    They were signed to Amos Records and released a self-titled album in 1969, which contains songs he wrote such as "Run, Boy, Run" and "Rebecca", and "Bring Back Funky Women" he co-wrote with Souther.
    More Details Hide Details Frey also met Jackson Browne during this period. The three musicians lived in the same apartment building for a short time, and Frey later said that he learned a lot about songwriting from hearing Browne work on songs in the apartment below.
  • 1968
    Age 19
    In Detroit, Frey also met and dated Joan Sliwin of the local female group The Mama Cats, which became Honey Ltd. after the group moved to California in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Frey went to Los Angeles hoping to reconnect with his girlfriend, and he was introduced to J. D. Souther by her sister, Alexandra Sliwin, who was with Souther at the time. Frey returned to Detroit after three weeks, but then went back again to Los Angeles to form a duo with Souther called Longbranch Pennywhistle.
    In 1968, at age 19, Frey played the acoustic guitar and performed background vocals on Seger's single, "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man".
    More Details Hide Details Frey has said that Seger strongly encouraged and influenced him to focus on writing original songs. They remained good friends and occasional songwriting partners in later years, and Frey would also sing on Seger's songs such as "Fire Lake" and "Against the Wind".
  • 1967
    Age 18
    In the later part of 1967, Frey also pulled together another band called Heavy Metal Kids with Jeff Burrows (piano), Jeff Alborell (bass), Paul Kelcourse (lead guitar) and Lance Dickerson (drums).
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    In 1967, He formed the Mushrooms with Gary Burrows' brother Jeff, Bill Barnes, Doug Gunch, and Larry Mintz.
    More Details Hide Details That year Frey also met Bob Seger, who helped Frey get a management and recording contract with a label formed by Seger's management team, Hideout Records. Seger also wrote and produced the band's first single, "Such a Lovely Child", and the band made television appearances to promote it. Frey had intended to join Seger's group but his mother blocked that course of action for smoking cannabis with Seger.
  • 1966
    Age 17
    Immediately after graduating from Dondero in 1966, he was invited to join The Four of Us, a local band led by Gary Burrows who had seen him performing with the Subterraneans.
    More Details Hide Details Frey also attended Oakland Community College while in the band, and he learned to sing harmonies performing with The Four of Us.
  • 1948
    Born on November 6, 1948.
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